Christmas in Alsace
A magical Christmas in Alsace
There is plenty to do in Alsace over Christmas, with events that will leave you breathless! Concerts, exhibitions and shows showcase the region as it comes together to highlight its talent! It’s the beginning of a season of festivities and rejoicing. Excitement lights up everyone’s face... You can tell something magical is about to happen!
November 30- December 23. The « Noëlies »
Providing a series of musical events throughout the Christmas period in Alsace, the “Noëlies” are a more traditional celebration of Christmas. They provide a necessary insight to the true reason for celebration at Christmas, a time to share and love the neighbour.
« Noëls renouvelés », the Voix de Stras’ chorus.
30 November at the Sainte-Cécile Church in Munschhausen, 8 December at the Sainte-Etienne de Rosheim Church and 9 December at the Saint-Jean de Niederbronn les Bains Church.
« In dulci jubilo », Orlando de Fribourg vocal ensemble.
1 December in Haguenau; 2 December at the Saint-Martin de Marmoutier church.
« Un Noel gospel » Saint-André de Colmar and Cécile Solin Boychoir.
1 December at the Saint-Louis de Neuf-Brisach Church, 2 December at the Saint-Symphorien d’Illkirch Graffenstaden Church.
Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Midnight Mass, performed by the choir of the Cathedral Strasbourg with musical accompaniments from the Parlement de Musique.
22 December, Saint Martin d’Illfurth Church; 23 December, Saint-Pierre and Paul d’Eguisheim Church.
Fairytale characters brought to life
Christkindel and Hans TrappWissembourg
Sunday 23rd December. At nightfall, Hans Trapp, the evil cousin of the Père Fouttard (Christkindel’s assistant, who would seek out naughty children) will descend upon the village to the sound of drums. Amongst all the chaos he beings appears Christkindel in his carriage, the Christ child, a symbol of joy and peace to Alsatians. Suddenly calm is restored. The beautiful procession parades through the village, surrounded by a display of light and fire. An unforgettable sight for both children and adults alike.
Saint Lucie, festival of light.
Turckheim, 13 December. Inspired by Swedish traditions, the Nordic cousin of Chriskind, Saint Lucie, is also celebrated by a procession which takes place through the streets of Turckheim, as young girls dressed in white parade through the streets, adorned with crowns and candles.
Don’t let your children miss their chance to meet Saint-Nicolas: 1 December in Mittelbergheim, Ferrette, Munster, Jebsheim, Dannemarie, Wasselonne and Bourbach le Bas2 December in Saverne, Marckholsheim, Ingersheim, Massevaux, Guewenheim, Hegenheim, Huningue, Blotzheim, Kembs, Châtenois.
Chistmas shows throughout Alsace
The festival of the « Fenêtres de l’Avant »
1 to 24 December.
Over the 24 days leading up to Christmas, 24 shows are put on by the town of Uffholtz. The fun begins at the manger in the centre of the village. The sleeping shepherd awakes on the last stroke of 7pm and leads the crows through the village to the secret location for the night’s entertainment. With the location of the shows changing daily, make sure you’re not late! The themes change with each new show, theatre, singing, dancing, circus arts, music and puppet shows, you will be spoilt for choice!
Colmar’s musical Christmas
24 and 28 November; 5,8,12,15,19 and 22 December.
Starting at 5pm and leaving from the bridge at rue Turenne in “Little Venice”, five choirs will perform Christmas carols from boats on the river Lauch. The boats will then travel downstream, stopping at each bridge until they reach the indoor market. The show if free to attend, the more the merrier!